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The Basin

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American, Contemporary
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14572 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070-6071 (5th Street)
(408) 867-1906
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I eat seafood everywhere, especially when on a coast and my halibut here was cooked to perfection! They were very accommodating with my gluten allergy as well. I was even able to eat their truffle fries, which was a bonus. Our server helped us choose a delicious wine tho pair with our meal.

Thank pizzafolk
Kihei, Maui Hawaii
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have gone here dozens of time since they opened over 15 years ago. Andrew and his chef run an outstanding place. Good food, good service and good atmosphere. Never had a bad meal. One of the best restaurants in the South Bay. Be sure to get the Jamon Iberica ham. Acorn feed from Spain and you almost can not... More 

Thank dfradin
Saratoga, California
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71 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Big bar gives it a modern vibe. Food is better than average, but not at higher end level like some other Saratoga restaurants. Not fancy enough for a special occasion, but a bit pricey for a casual get together.

Thank Cathy S
Los Altos Hills, California
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful menu and wine list. Owner is on top of service and quality. Outside patio which is inside the restaurant is a lovely and quiet spot. The Mushroom rigatoni is exceptional. Very enjoyable meal accompanied by a relaxing atmosphere and smart service.

Thank garymelliott
los gatos
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You can't miss with this spot. Trust me I know. The menu is simple but varied. Great for carnivores and veggies.

Thank tiger0370
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217 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Executive summary - Service level is great - Food is excellent - Interior is a bit dark when the sun is shinning but will get better when dark outside - I don't like the TVs (do not belong in a restaurant...) Let me begin to say that they have some very smart, social and really service minded people in the... More 

Thank Lamboswede
Saratoga, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

We love the Basin for a place to go for a delicious dinner. We've been coming since it opened. It's relaxing and good food. If possible we try to sit on the patio. They can turn on the heaters if it's chilly.

Thank HappyTraveler408
Austin, Texas
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78 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

Several dining experiences at The Basin and all have been outstanding. The staff is friendly, engaging and helpful. I believe ownership is often present. Twice The Basin staff has gone out of their way to accommodate special requests on the fly, i.e. I forgot to call ahead and ask. I am not a regular at the restaurant who they know,... More 

Thank TexasEXtraveler
Campbell, California
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96 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

We had pretty high expectations for dinner here based on friend's recommendations and being in the heart of Saratoga, which is a pretty competitive scene for food. The food and drinks are pretty pricey, which we also mistakenly assumed meant close to fine dining. It isn't fine dining. It isn't particularly refined, it is just expensive and in some cases... More 

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Los Altos, California
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

its not too often you can combine a pinch of formality an elegance with a patio setting. Imaging metal patio tables with formal table cloths and napkins. Add to that beautifully presented food that is well thought out. And you have The Basin. On a nice summer's eve, this is heaven. It is quieter outside than inside. Inside there is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $30
American, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14572 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070-6071
    (5th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Saratoga
  • Phone Number: (408) 867-1906

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?